Joel Silver

Joel Silver

Highest Rated: 97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Lowest Rated: 3% The Apparition (2012)

Birthday: Jul 14, 1952

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, USA

The guiding hand behind such Hollywood hits as "Commando" (1985), "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and "Die Hard" (1988), Joel Silver helped redefine the American action film near the turn of the century, while shifting the label of auteur away from the film director to the producer. Having paid his dues as an assistant to producer Lawrence Gordon following his graduation from film school, Silver swiftly worked his way up the industry ladder, earning a producer's credit with Walter Hill's "48 Hrs." (1982). With the formation of his own company, Silver stamped a fresh template for the Hollywood action film, dialing up the violence quotient from previous decades while leavening the mixture with ample doses of humor. Silver also altered the genre recipe by making movie stars out of nontraditional performers from the worlds of professional sports and stand-up comedy. His outsized ego branded him persona non grata at several major studios, but Silver's track record for success was inarguable - especially after the box office juggernaut that was "The Matrix" (1999) and its sequels, which pushed his profit margin into the multi-billions. Often demonized by critics for emphasizing style - and explosions - over substance, Silver nonetheless came to represent the state of the art of big box office Hollywood filmmaking, earning by sheer force of will and a savvy sense of the next big thing the mantle of mega-producer.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes 3 Producer - 2021
50% 46% Superfly Producer $20.5M 2018
28% 25% Suburbicon Executive Producer $5.7M 2017
23% 34% Collide Producer $2.2M 2016
92% 79% The Nice Guys Producer $36.2M 2016
62% 63% Non-Stop Producer $91.7M 2014
79% 78% Veronica Mars Executive Producer $3.3M 2014
3% 35% Getaway Executive Producer $10.5M 2013
45% 39% Bullet to the Head Executive Producer $9.5M 2012
28% 61% Project X Executive Producer $54.7M 2012
No Score Yet 18% Dragon Eyes Producer - 2012
3% 24% The Apparition Producer $26.8K 2012
No Score Yet 21% Stash House Producer - 2012
No Score Yet 31% Bullet Executive Producer - 2012
59% 77% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Producer $186.8M 2011
54% 55% Unknown Producer $63.7M 2011
47% 64% The Book of Eli Producer $94.8M 2010
48% 54% The Losers Producer $23.6M 2010
56% 63% Orphan Producer $41.6M 2009
26% 54% Ninja Assassin Producer $38.1M 2009
69% 77% Sherlock Holmes Producer $209M 2009
7% 21% Whiteout Producer $10.3M 2009
40% 60% Speed Racer Producer $43.9M 2008
60% 71% RocknRolla Producer $5.7M 2008
43% 64% The Brave One Producer $36.8M 2007
21% 45% Fred Claus Producer $72M 2007
8% 49% The Reaping Producer $25.1M 2007
19% 40% The Invasion Producer $15.1M 2007
73% 90% V for Vendetta Producer - 2006
86% 87% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Producer $4.2M 2005
26% 42% House of Wax Producer $32M 2005
15% 45% Gothika Producer $59.6M 2003
25% 52% Cradle 2 the Grave Producer $34.6M 2003
35% 60% The Matrix Revolutions Producer $139.3M 2003
73% 72% The Matrix Reloaded Producer $281.5M 2003
16% 37% Ghost Ship Producer $30.1M 2002
25% 59% Swordfish Producer $69.8M 2001
16% 49% Thirteen Ghosts Executive Producer $41.9M 2001
No Score Yet 50% Jane Doe Executive Producer - 2001
33% 45% Exit Wounds Producer $51.8M 2001
No Score Yet 16% Proximity Producer - 2000
32% 61% Romeo Must Die Producer $56M 2000
10% 19% Dungeons & Dragons Executive Producer $15.2M 2000
88% 85% The Matrix Producer $171.4M 1999
No Score Yet 49% Made Men Producer - 1999
30% 42% House on Haunted Hill Producer $40.8M 1999
54% 64% Lethal Weapon 4 Producer $129.8M 1998
25% 25% Fathers' Day Producer $28.7M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Tap Producer - 1997
57% 64% Conspiracy Theory Producer $76.1M 1997
65% 53% Executive Decision Producer $55.7M 1996
15% 31% Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood Executive Producer $5.6M 1996
16% 45% Assassins Producer - 1995
12% 14% Fair Game Producer $11.2M 1995
24% 32% Richie Rich Producer $37.1M 1994
60% 66% Demolition Man Producer $57.2M 1993
60% 61% Lethal Weapon 3 Producer $142M 1992
72% 52% Ricochet Producer $20.6M 1991
47% 68% The Last Boy Scout Producer $57.9M 1991
30% 56% Hudson Hawk Producer $16.4M 1991
31% 44% Predator 2 Producer $28.3M 1990
69% 70% Die Hard 2 Producer $115.3M 1990
28% 68% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Producer $19.9M 1990
No Score Yet 33% Parker Kane Executive Producer - 1990
39% 66% Road House Producer $27.4M 1989
82% 77% Lethal Weapon 2 Producer $144.9M 1989
94% 94% Die Hard Producer $80.7M 1988
13% 32% Action Jackson Producer $19.6M 1988
97% 84% Who Framed Roger Rabbit Raoul (Director) (Character) $152.8M 1988
81% 87% Predator Producer $54.4M 1987
81% 86% Lethal Weapon Producer $61M 1987
29% 58% Jumpin' Jack Flash Producer $24.5M 1986
35% 55% Brewster's Millions Producer - 1985
57% 69% Weird Science Producer - 1985
71% 67% Commando Producer $34.9M 1985
67% 70% Streets of Fire Producer - 1984
93% 69% 48 HRS. Producer - 1982
90% 88% The Warriors Associate Producer - 1979

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Friends Call Me Johnny Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2010-2011
92% 79% Veronica Mars Executive Producer 2004-2007
66% 83% Entourage Himself (Guest Star) 2007
40% No Score Yet Freedom Executive Producer 2000
13% No Score Yet The Strip Executive Producer 1999-2000
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1992

QUOTES FROM Joel Silver CHARACTERS

Roger Rabbit says: P-p-please, Raoul. I can give you stars. Just drop the refrigerator on my head one more time!

Raoul Raoul Director says: Roger, I've dropped it on your head 23 times already

Raoul Raoul Director says: Roger, I've dropped it on your head 23 times already.

Roger Rabbit says: I can take it, don't worry about me

Roger Rabbit says: I can take it, don't worry about me.

Raoul Raoul Director says: I'm not worried about you, I'm worried about the REFRIDGERATOR

Raoul Raoul Director says: I'm not worried about you, I'm worried about the REFRIGERATOR.